Suspensions have been issued for the Seattle Mariners’ and Los Angeles Angels’ chaotic “basebrawl” on Sunday.
When Angels starting pitcher Andrew Wantz threw a ball behind Julio Rodriguez’s head in the first inning, tensions flared. Wantz then hit Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker in the hip, resulting in an all-out brawl complete with flying fists, expletives, and sunflower seeds.
Following an 18-minute game delay, six players and both managers were ejected from the game on Sunday afternoon. More severe punishments were meted out the next day.
A total of 12 Mariners and Angels players were disciplined for their roles in the benches-clearing brawl, with punishments ranging from multiple-game suspensions to undisclosed fines.
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Suspensions from yesterday's brawl:
Phil Nevin is suspended 10 games. pic.twitter.com/C8eIOZud3n
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Despite warnings from both sides, Angels manager Phil Nevin received the harshest suspension of any person involved, receiving a 10-game suspension for Wantz’s intentional targeting.
Winker, who was prominently featured in the brawl, received a seven-game suspension for inciting the incident and later throwing punches during the fighting.
Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon was suspended for five games for his role in the brawl, as well as for leaving the dugout despite being on the injured list. Rendon, who is out for the season for the second time in a row, didn’t let his right hand’s cast slow him down during the brawl, instead slamming Winker in the face with his open left hand. After returning from the IL, the 32-year-old will serve his suspension and will be barred from sitting on the Angels’ bench for seven games.
Angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti and Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford received five-game suspensions for their roles in the incident, as did Julio Rodrguez and Angels pitcher Raisel Iglesias.
Wantz, the man who started it all, was given a three-game suspension for intentionally hitting Winker, a penalty he has no intention of contesting and will begin serving tonight. Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera (three games) and Angels catching coach Bill Haselman received the final two suspensions (one).
Aside from Wantz, all reprimanded players are actively appealing their suspensions and will remain active until hearings are held.